Debian 11 Performance Uplift Is Looking Great For Intel Xeon, AMD EPYC

Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems on 18 August 2021. Page 6 of 6. 5 Comments

While some workloads were yielding mixed performance, overall Debian 11 certainly moves in the right direction for advancing Intel Xeon and AMD EPYC performance.

With the 73 benchmarks carried out across on Debian 10.10 vs. Debian 11.0 on both the Intel Xeon Platinum 8380 2P and AMD EPYC 7763 2P servers, the geometric mean of all those different benchmarks pointed to this new Debian GNU/Linux release being 8~10% faster overall compared to Debian 10.10. It really depends upon the particular workload(s) of relevance to you though as in some areas the performance may be largely flat while in other areas there were hefty improvements out of the updated software stack with Debian 11. Newer hardware also stands to benefit the most from the latest Debian 11 release with Linux 5.10 LTS but older hardware should also see some benefit too -- benchmarks on older platforms forthcoming along with seeing how the Debian 11 performance compares to other modern enterprise Linux distributions.

See all the initial Debian 11 benchmarks in full via this result file.

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